Geffen and Universal revisit over 10 albums from the late master’s career.

Blues icon B. B. King would have been 90 this week, a milestone that has prompted two labels to announce a massive series of reissues.

On September 11, Geffen and Universal Music Enterprises made available vinyl reissues of nine of B.B. King’s Crown Records releases, all of which have been out of print for decades. The records, available now, include B.B. King Wails (1959), B.B. King Sings Spirituals (1960), The Great B.B. King (1960), King Of the Blues (1960), My Kind Of Blues (1961), More B.B. King (1961), Easy Listening Blues (1962), Blue In My Heart (1962) and B.B. King [Aka The Soul Of B.B. King] (1963).

In addition to those studio records, two live albums will be made available again on September 18: 1964’s Live At The Regal and 1970’s Live In Cook County Jail. The final part of the series will bring the first ever vinyl release of Deuces Wild on October 9, King’s 1997 duets album featuring D’Angelo, The Rolling Stones, and Willie Nelson.

King died in May aged 89. The bluesman’s heirs have since been embroiled in a dispute with his manager, claiming the veteran musician was poisoned by LaVerne Tony; a coroner later found against the family. [via The Vinyl Factory]



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